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Spiritulalist's Seance Robe | Historical Object | Wisconsin Historical Society

Historical Object

Spiritulalist's Seance Robe

Spiritulalist's Seance Robe | Historical Object | Wisconsin Historical Society
A seance robe worn by Louise Parke during her work as a Spiritualist in Wisconsin.
DESCRIPTION
A seance robe worn by Louise Parke during her work as a Spiritualist in Wisconsin.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:102757
Creation Date:date unknown
Creator Name:Harvieux, Rachel
City:
County:
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:WHS Museum Collection
Genre:Historical Object
Original Format Type:object
Original Format Number:1958.650
Original Dimensions:unknown
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Louise (Kingsley) Parke was a member of a Madison family well known for their ability to communicate with the deceased. Her father, George P. Kingsley, had been a prominent doctor and clairvoyant known for his healing skills until his death in 1917. Louise, described as "ever a close companion of her father," inherited his "clairvoyant and spiritual powers." The Kingsley family did not see themselves as crack-pots or quacks, but rather as practicing members of the Spiritualist faith that promoted a belief that human souls survive death as spirits who can speak to the living through "sensitives" or "mediums." Louise, who considered herself a medium and believed her spirit contact to be the American Indian Black Hawk, wore this homemade white cotton robe and hood, which bear an unfortunate resemblance to a Ku Klux Klan outfit, while holding her séances.
SUBJECTS
Clothing and dress
Indoor photography
Spiritualism

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